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Economic activism

In order to challenge the economic systems that sustain and profit from occupation and violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, AFSC supports economic activism including the use of nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics. Specifically, AFSC supports boycott and divestment campaigns targeting companies that support the occupation, settlements, militarism, or any other violations of international humanitarian or human rights law.

Our position does not call for a full boycott of Israel nor of companies because they are either Israeli or doing business in Israel. Our actions also never focus on individuals.

Our support of specific boycott and divestment campaigns is contextualized by Quakers and AFSC's long support for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as economic tactics that appeal to human conscience and change behavior. Since 1948, AFSC has worked with both Palestinians and Israelis toward achieving a just and lasting peace, and we remain committed to supporting nonviolent activism designed to achieve this end. Taking into account AFSC principles and history, AFSC supports all nonviolent efforts to realize peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. 

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Investigate Your Investments

Our investment screening database will help students, investors, and others concerned about human rights in Palestine/Israel to find out where their investments are going, and how they can craft campaigns for change.

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Use AFSC's online tool that helps investors align their investment policies with their values.

TIAA-CREF Campaign

TIAA-CREF, one of the world’s largest retirement funds and a self-described “leader in socially responsible investing,” invests nearly $600 million in corporations that profit from the Israeli military occupation. Some of these corporations include Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, Veolia, Northrup Grumman, Elbit, and Hewlett-Packard. The “We Divest” campaign demands that TIAA-CREF stop investing in these corporations. 

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College students across the U.S. took part in a spirited National Day of Action to get financial-services giant TIAA-CREF to divest from companies profiting from the occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel.

Related issues

In the U.S., AFSC supports efforts to change government policies and corporate/institutional practices that support inequality, the occupation, and denial of refugees’ rights. In the region, AFSC challenges the fragmentation of Palestinian society and the militarization of Israeli society to call for full equality between Palestinians and Israelis. 

Despite its calls for a non-military resolution to the conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the U.S. continues to fund the militarization of the conflict.